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season card
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Montreal Canadiens 80 46 17 17 109 360 223
Boston Bruins 80 43 27 10 96 323 285
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 26 15 93 307 273
Quebec Nordiques 80 33 31 16 82 356 345
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 60 264 351
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
12 Keith Acton 78 36 52 88
10 Guy Lafleur 66 27 57 84
31 Mark Napier 80 40 41 81
14 Mario Tremblay 80 33 40 73
6 Pierre Mondou 73 35 33 68
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
1 Rick Wamsley 38 23-7-7 2 2.75
Season results


The team begins the season with a new coach, Bob Berry, behind the bench and four new division rivals. The Habs join the Hartford Whalers, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins and Quebec Nordiques in the Adams Division, which previously comprised teams from the Northeastern United States and Quebec.

The trio of Rick Wamsley, Richard Sevigny and Denis Herron divide the Habs’ goaltending duties. Bob Gainey earns Berry’s confidence and is named team captain in the wake of Serge Savard’s retirement, who had worn the “C” for the two previous seasons.

The team gets off to a great start with just one loss in its first 10 games. That success continues throughout the fall and by the holiday season, the Canadiens are well positioned to win their eighth straight division title.

A 50-goal scorer two years earlier, Pierre Larouche is unhappy with his ice time and demands a trade. General manager Irving Grundman yields to the request and Larouche is dealt to the Whalers just before Christmas in exchange for a second round draft pick.

Meanwhile, things are going well for Keith Acton. Better known for shadowing the opposition’s top scorers, Acton enjoys a dream season offensively. In addition to representing the Canadiens at the All-Star Game along with Rod Langway and Larry Robinson, he records 88 points, 49 more than the year before, and finishes the season as the team’s leading scorer.

The Habs maintain the same torrid pace in the second half of the season, piling up one victory after another. In February, the team puts together a 10-game winning streak, its first since 1967-68.

At the end of the regular season, the Canadiens are division champions for an eighth straight year. The team piles up 109 points to trail only the New York Islanders (118 points) and the Edmonton Oilers (111 points) in the league’s overall standings.


With the memory of the previous season’s quick exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Oilers still fresh, the Canadiens hope to carry over their regular season success into the playoffs.

In their division semifinal, the Habs face Quebec in the playoffs for the first time. Michel Bergeron’s Nordiques finished the season fourth in the Adams Division and the Canadiens are heavily favored to win the series.

On April 7, the Habs easily win the series opener at the Forum. The following day, Montreal’s offense is stymied by goalie Daniel Bouchard, who makes 35 saves, and the Canadiens lose 3-2 despite the absence of Peter Stastny, the Nordiques’ top forward.

The teams split the next two games at the Colisee in Quebec City, which brings about a fifth and decisive game at the Forum. With the score tied 2-2 through regulation, pesky Nordiques center Dale Hunter decides the outcome in overtime when he scores on Wamsley on a 2-on-1, ending the Canadiens’ season.
The playoffs roadmap
Adams Division semi-finals - Quebec Nordiques
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 7th, 1982 QUE 1 MTL 5  
April 8th, 1982 QUE 3 MTL 2  
April 10th, 1982 MTL 1 QUE 2  
April 11th, 1982 MTL 6 QUE 2  
April 13th, 1982 QUE 3 MTL 2  
Quebec won best-of-five series 3-2